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Pottery-Inspired Design Wins Competition for Multifunction Building in Poland

Pottery-Inspired Design Wins Competition for Multifunction Building in Poland
Pottery-Inspired Design Wins Competition for Multifunction Building in Poland, Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio

Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio have won a competition to design a multifunctional building in Rzeszow, Poland. The design—called The Pottery Courtyard—is based upon the local tradition of ceramic artisans, thus restoring a sense of heritage to the region and city.

Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio

From the outside, the building follows the sharp edges of the surrounding streets, creating a compact shape aligned with the local urban development. Conversely, the inner portion of the building is comprised of a rounded, blue courtyard—“The Pottery Courtyard”— which tapers and “opposes the external geometry of the streets.”

Courtesy of Bakpak Architects
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio

While providing good lighting and ventilation, the courtyard additionally connects back to the concept of ceramics in its resemblance of a potter’s wheel. Similarly, the potter’s wheel served as inspiration for the building’s appearance, which appears as though it has been cut, carved, and turned on a potter’s wheel.

Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio

As a public space, The Pottery Courtyard is entirely pedestrian, and directly communicates with the local Old Market with a large, open entrance to facilitate the flow of people from Market Square.

Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio

“The proposed building is seven floors above ground level and has three floors underground, [with] commercial areas in the basement and ground floor, [a] hotel along the three first floors, and housing and [a] social club with a restaurant” for the remaining floors.

Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio
Courtesy of Bakpak Architects and EovaStudio

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Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Pottery-Inspired Design Wins Competition for Multifunction Building in Poland" 24 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/773785/pottery-inspired-courtyard-wins-competition-for-multifunction-building-in-poland/> ISSN 0719-8884
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